Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
January 23, 2011 Subject:
Good flick even if it wasnt the book
I wanted Horace to get the livin snot beat out of him instead of a mere black eye and that aunt..what a conniving wench she was! Toss em both back to the poor house and let em eat handouts. That woulda served em right! Clarabelle got his black eye anyway..shouda been daily and twice on Sundays, but the poor kid always played the rotten rich kid in the movies..Tough break, but he probably was that way anyway.. LOL
November 7, 2010 Subject:
Good Movie But Nothing Like the Original Stories
This is a good (although sappy) movie but it's nothing like the original stories. Jackie Cooper's character is nowhere as bad as the boy in the stories. Cooper was a great child actor.
Co-starring with Jackie Cooper is Jackie Searl.... Who? The Same kid as seen in Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Jackie Searl a fairly well-known child actor who never made it to the ranks of a Jackie Cooper or Freddie Bartolomew, Jackie Searl nevertheless gained a film following in the 30s. A bratty counterpart to Jane Withers, the blond, freckled, clean-cut Jackie was born in Anaheim, California in 1921 and started on L.A. radio in "The Children's Hour" at the age of three. By the end of the 20's film beckoned and Jackie hit it big playing mean little Sid Sawyer in the early Mark Twain film classic Tom Sawyer (1930). Paramount Pictures promptly signed the youngster up and he followed this with Finn and Hattie (1931), Huckleberry Finn (1931), Skippy (1931), Topaze (1933) and Alice in Wonderland (as The Doormouse) (1933). Infamous at playing sissified brats, obnoxious squealers and sandbox bullies he was a natural scene-stealer and aptly labeled on the Paramount sets as "The Kid Everybody Wants to Spank." He continued playing secondary parts into his teens with roles in Ginger (1935), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), That Certain Age (1938) and Small Town Deb (1941). He joined the service in WWII and tried to resurrect his career following his discharge but had a tough time of it. In the 1960s he played character parts, nominally as minor heavies, in such films as The Couch (1962) and Shotgun Wedding (1963) and on TV dramas. He retired in the 1970s and died in 1991.